NHS/DHSC legal guidance for mental health and learning disability/autism servics

First published on 27 March, and most recently updated on 30 November, the Legal guidance for services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic: Mental health, learning disability and autism, specialised commissioning now includes a detailed annex F (jointly prepared by NHSE/I and DSHC on testing and isolation.  As it notes:

This guidance advises on the procedures and safeguards providers should put in place, and the legal frameworks hospital staff should apply in relation to patients who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 but are not consenting to infection control measures. It focuses primarily on the procedures around safely isolating patients who are not consenting, rather than the procedures around testing. This is because we generally advise against enforcing testing in the absence of compliance from the patient.

Annex F also includes a practice example checklist for enforced isolation and a series of case vignettes.

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